Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Thursday, 22 July 2021

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EU environment ministers discuss biodiversity, pollinators

BRDO PRI KRANJU - A new proposal for a global framework for biodiversity after 2020 was in the focus of the closing day of the informal meeting of EU environment ministers. Minister Andrej Vizjak said that "the time is to stop the trend of declining biodiversity." He added that "ambitious global objectives should be set to contribute to preserving nature, protecting 30% of global land and oceans by 2030 and restoring degraded ecosystems."

Court stays govt regulation on STA

LJUBLJANA - The Administrative Court granted the STA's request to stay the implementation of a regulation adopted by the government in June that introduces detailed rules governing the public service provided by the STA. The court decided to suspend its implementation pending a final decision arguing the arguments and documents presented by the STA indicate the likelihood of the agency sustaining damage that would be hard to repair. STA director Bojan Veselinovič hailed the court's decision as "yet another confirmation ... that the government should have financed us long ago".

Post-resignation, aide issues sharp critique of Justice Ministry

LJUBLJANA - Anže Erbežnik voiced harsh criticism of the situation at the Ministry of Justice and of his former boss in his letter of resignation as a state secretary a day after his resignation was made public, saying he stepped down because he was unable to work respecting EU law, the rule of law and human rights. "As to the key issue of European delegated prosecutors, the ministry is trying to cover up for its own mistakes in the past unsuccessful appointment procedure, such as by censoring legal explanations to the media and other stakeholders," he said in the letter published by the newspaper Delo.

Daily coronavirus count passes 100

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia reported 111 coronavirus cases for Tuesday, the highest daily figure since mid-June, with the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) estimating there are now 838 active cases in the country. The rolling 7-day average of new daily cases has increased by four from the day earlier to 58 and the cumulative 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents rose by two to 39. Tuesday's cases were confirmed from 1,807 PCR tests, for a positivity rate of 6.1%, the highest since 12 June.

After Haemorrhagic fever, Tularemia infections appear in Slovenia

TOLMIN - The epidemic of the rodent-borne Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) in northern Primorska, caused by an increase in the number of mice, is beginning to slow down. However, another infectious disease is spreading in the same area in the west - 17 cases of Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, have been confirmed so far, said the regional unit of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) in Nova Gorica. The outbreak of the rare infectious disease, which has not been reported in the region for decades, probably originated from a small private water source.


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